WA rolls out Electronic Vitals Documentation

One easy to operate device will now record patient's vital statistics and send seamlessly to doctor in charge:

Today, Skaneateles' Welch Allyn (WA) broadcast worldwide a demonstration of its new Electronic Vitals Documentation Device at St. Joseph's hospital on Syracuse's north side.

The device converges all aspects of vital signs documentation into one system, including patient data capture and wireless transfer to an Electronic Medical Record. Medical charting and documentation errors are reduced, which improves clinical decision-making and patient outcomes.

WA spokesperson said that studies have shown that 10,000 omission and/or transcription errors can occur per year for a typical 200-bed facility; 8,000 hours were wasted with manual vital sign documentation; and more than $250,000 was lost in productivity due to lack of access to vitals. The availability of an automated system that captures and wirelessly transmits patient data minimizes all of these issues.

The Welch Allyn Connex(r) Electronic Vitals Documentation (EVD) System provides clinicians in non-critical care settings with immediate access to accurate vital signs anytime, anywhere. It includes the Connex Vital Signs Monitor, Accessory Cable Management Stand, Connex VM Software, and the new Welch Allyn Partners in Care Services' program that provides personalized support and installation.

St. Joe's is one of three beta (test) sites in upstate New York for WA.

"St. Joe's provided valuable feedback throughout the development process," said WA president and CEO Julie Shimer of its Connex(r) EVD System.

Over the three-year development process, WA engineers worked closely with St. Joseph's nurses garnering their feedback on the operation of the EVD.

WA's Stephen Meyers said when they previewed the device at other institutions they heard, "You must of have had nursing input."

"We're so lucky to have St. Joe's near our headquarters," Meyers said.

State Funding

Assemblyman William Magnarelli said St. Joe's approached him about this project and asked if he could help garner the necessary funding. He was able to secure $250,000 he said.

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